TextMate 2 goes Open Source (GPL3), on GitHub now

Credit: flick/Dmitry Baranovskiy

Allan Odgaard, creator of TextMate, a text editor for Mac, will remain involved in the project, but decided to let users get involved.

The long delay in the development of TextMate 2 led many users to worry it was being abandoned. Not so, says Odgaard. Announced several years ago, the alpha version of the program was released last December.

The GPL 3 license allows other developers to modify and redistribute TextMate 2, but they can't charge money for the new distribution. Files are already on GitHub. Odgaard does mention he may revise the license so TextMate 2 can be bundled with commercial products.

Too little too late

I really like TextMate but lack of development over the last years caused me to switch to Sublime2 and never going back.

throttlemeister on tuaw.com

If we are completely honest, Textmate was always a sub-par editor.

batista on news.ycombinator.com

I'll add to the chorus of Sublime Text 2 switchers. Thanks for the memories TM, but I suspect I won't be coming back.

michaelward82 on tuaw.com

Loved it

TextMate, the Quicksilver of editors.

tbye on tuaw.com

The early and enthusiastic support of DHH / the Rails community had a lot to do with the initial success of TextMate.

hyperbovine on news.ycombinator.com

Who would have thought that a one-man text editor startup on a single platform could actually be financially viable?

flocial on news.ycombinator.com

Details

I'm pleased with this, and hopefully it will spur development of TM2, allowing it to truly compete with the up-and-coming Sublime Text 2.

LoonyPandora on news.ycombinator.com

So it is going to be free or we need to compile it to save 45 euros?

Christian Giordano on thenextweb.com

It looks to me as though the source is freely downloadable from github if you want to compile it yourself, but the Mac installer version is being sold at its usual price.

SiVal on news.ycombinator.com

Did you use TextMate? Will you get involved in helping to develop TextMate 2?

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